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How to Make Your Own Kitty Litter

Why buy the stuff when you can whip up a batch out of old newspapers?


  • Step 1: Shred some paper Rip old newspapers into strips by hand, or put them through a shredder.
  • Step 2: Make your mixture Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few squirts of dishwashing liquid.
  • TIP: Use a chemical-free dishwashing liquid to keep your cat’s litter box toxin-free.
  • Step 3: Soak Soak the strips of newspaper in the soapy mixture for about 10 minutes.
  • Step 4: Rinse Rinse the paper strips by running them under a faucet or rinsing them in a bowl of plain water. Pat them with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Step 5: Add baking soda Pour baking soda onto the moist paper strips until they’re completely covered; this will help them absorb odor. Mix the baking soda into the paper with your hands so it really gets absorbed.
  • Step 6: Break it up Break up the paper into smaller pieces and allow to air dry for several days.
  • Step 7: Let Kitty enjoy When it’s completely dry, fill a clean litter pan with about two inches of your homemade kitty litter, and let your cat go to town
  • FACT: Cats will stop using their litter boxes if they get too dirty.

You Will Need

  • Strips of newspaper
  • An empty litter pan
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Baking soda

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